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Hard Hearted?

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the sun in the day and the moon and stars in the night. Thank you for stars that twinkle and sunsets that sparkle. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:38-44,52)

Lord, I’m ready to begin a new day’s prayer for your daughter who you love. Lindsey, being hard hearted is not a good thing. But it seems like our hearts may just tend to be that way. In this scripture we read about an all out amazing miracle… feeding 5,000 men with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread! But look what it says about the disciples – the guys who were travelling with Jesus day after day. They were trying to follow Jesus as best as they could. Yet, here we are told that their hearts were hard … they were hard hearted! If even Jesus’s closest disciples ended up hard hearted after witnessing such an amazing miracle, what can we do? How can we avoid a hard heart?

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12-13)

It seems like one way to avoid having hard hearts is to take heed … to take care! Watch out that our hearts do not become unbelieving so we fall away from the living God! I pray that you heed this warning Lindsey, for it seems to be talking about people who really are trying to follow Jesus … just that they let their guard down and a bit of disbelief slips in … and they fall away without even noticing it! To avoid this we need to encourage each other each day, so I pray that the Lord would continually surround you with people who will not only encourage you, but who will notice and let you know any time you are starting to stray from the living God. I pray that you would not be deceived by what seems like good ideas in the world around you. And since by definition, if you are deceived you cannot notice it yourself, I pray that there would always be godly people to cross your path that will not shy away from telling you!

But what if you find yourself with a hard heart? How can we remove a hard heart? God can do it!

Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:17-20)

Lindsey, I pray that any time you find your heart hardening that you will call out to God to remove the stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh. I ask that God would give you an undivided heart so that he would remain your focus every day. I pray that God would give you that new spirit and that you will walk with him and be a do-er! Do what God is asking. Lord, this can be very hard, so I pray that you would be Lindsey’s strength. Grant her the wisdom to see what she needs to see. Grant her the courage to walk where she needs to walk, for she is your daughter and you are her God. And we give you the glory. All the glory is yours. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

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God dwells in you, lives with you and walks with you every day

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Good Morning! Good Afternoon! Good Evening! Good Night! What word is common to all these things that many of us say each day? Good! And it is indeed a well placed word! The very first chapter of the first book of the Bible speaks of creation and over and over it mentions how it was GOOD… until the sixth day when God created man … after that day God thought it was VERY good! So, thank you Lord for creation and for reminding us that it indeed good. And thank you for the two scriptures for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Corinthians 6:16)

God had indeed said it in Ezekiel:

27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Ezekiel 37:27)

As well as in Leviticus:

12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. (Leviticus 26:12)

Lord, I’m here to pray for your daughter again as I do every day. Lindsey, today I join with you in acknowledging that we are God’s people, something Paul echoed from Ezekiel. But today I pray for you as being the temple of the living God. Yes, God dwells in you, lives with you and walks with you every day. I pray that knowing this would be so obvious to you that it becomes part of a normal day of life for you.  Whether you are home having fun with your family or on the other side of the globe inspiring thousands with your music, I pray that you always would sense God’s presence there with you. I pray that those around you would see this in you as well. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

(Q) God is Quiet, Silent and Calm

Heavenly Father. Thank you for vision. For the wonder of my eyes. For the millions of shades colors I can see. For depth perception. Thank you for peripheral vision. Thank you for allowing me to read. And especially, thank you for your gift of scriptures that I love to read … and today for letter Q I can see how you can be quiet at times too:

So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry. (Ezekiel 16:42)

Lord, I have been encouraged by godly people you have surrounded me with. I am encouraged that in the midst of your wrath against your own people in Jerusalem, you reminded them that you also can be quiet, silent, calm.  And today I am here as usual to pray for your daughter Lindsey. I pray that you will allow her to find you today. That she can find you resting and not angry. That you will calmly sit with her when she needs you. I pray that today you provide extra time of rest for her. I pray that you calm her fears, calm her anxiety, calm her nerves. And we will give you all the glory. The glory is all yours Lord. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen. (more…)